Numerous studies show that adding ½ to 1 teaspoon of cinnamon to your diet every day could be enough to help control blood sugar levels and avoid this dreaded disease. That’s because it can improve the ability of your body’s cells to recognize and respond to insulin—a process that goes haywire in diabetics. But if you already have either type 1 or type 2 diabetes, consult your doctor before you start dosing yourself with cinnamon—or anything else!
And that’s not the only good thing about this tasty spice! Research shows that consuming just ½ to 1 teaspoon of cinnamon each day can also lower your LBL (bad) cholesterol, lessen your risk for chronic diseases of all kinds, and may reduce the growth of leukemia and lymphoma cancer cells. Wondering how to get your daily dose of cinnamon? It’s a snap—just sprinkle it on cereal, toast, or English muffins; add it to your coffee or tea, stir it into a dish of yogurt, or blend it into a healthful drink, such as this delicious Banana-Walnut Smoothie:
1 banana, peeled and sliced
1½ cups of milk
¼ cup of chopped walnuts
2 tbsp. of honey
½ tsp. of cinnamon
Put all of the ingredients in a blender, puree until smooth, and drink up. In addition to providing your daily dose of cinnamon, this super smoothie serves up a major load of vitamins, minerals, and protein. Whip it up and take it along as an on-the-go breakfast, or enjoy it as a healthful snack.